Roanoke, V-A, late nineties... early 2000's. This is where a bunch of folks in the history of Alley Cat and now NLJBS came up. Mark Bell was at the center of it all and has been friends with Nick from the moment your loyal host arrived on the scene. The tales woven throughout this episode go back to the beginning of the renowned Time Machine & Ancient Art getting deep into the game and all of the shenanigans that led to in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Harrisonburg. These are the stories we love to share and never get tired of hearing.
There's a bit of a hi-jacking about 3/4's through when the Alley Cat killers get done with a day's worth of customers and start rollin' in. Add to that a bit of a celebration of our very own Thirty-Year Reaper, Master P - Chrissy "Big Tats" - the recently absent host of our beloved Shop Talks himself: Mr. Chris Porter, and there's a bit of a train wreck that I kindly chopped down as it got out of control. So you'll hear a few transitions as our host falls further and further into the warm embrace of inebriation, so hold on tight but get comfortable since it's another long one.
Almost twenty years ago, Nick helped put Alley Cat Tattoo together for the owners Troy & Griz. Ever since the podcast began, Nick has been trying to get these guys on an episode. Well NLJBS veteran Dustin Golden flew in to Roanoke, down the road from Alley Cat, and got his dad Mike "Griz" Golden to join in on a bullshit session. Multi-episode veteran Nate Hall of Old Heavy Hands and Legacy Irons Tattoo fame was around as well, in addition to girlfriends, wives, apprentices and dogs all packed in to The Golden Building which is home to Skin Thrills Tattoo in Roanoke, VA. It's a long, wild ride and it has been a long time comin'. Stick around for the entire thing to make sure you hear all the wild tales told by Griz and everyone else involved. Yeah, there's some talkin' over each other, and some background noise, but most importantly there's some kickass storytelling. You're gonna dig it.
Roger LaDuceur has been tattooing in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia since before the millenium. Nick met Roger around the time of both of them working at Skin Thrills, a shop you've definitely heard stories from if you're a fan of the show. Now Roger runs Star City Tattoos in Roanoke and has several excellent artists working for him as well.
Roger is an amazing illustrator and all around artist. You'll hear some fascinating tales of how he got there and why, as well as a whole cast of characters he has met on the way.
Shop Talk is still on Hiatus for now, but we miss it just as much as you and look forward to it as well. Enjoy.
This week we've got a Richmond original from Heroes and Ghosts tattoo down in Carytown: Mr. Nick Barnett. He traveled up the road a ways to come and see Alley Cat in Rocktown V-A and check out how it has evolved since his last visit. While there, Nick Swartz, your weekly wizard of hosting the bullshit, laid down a great podcast full of great tattoo stories and industry talk. It's a real fun conversation and the first in a barrage of excellent tattoo heavy podcast we have lined up for the next few weeks. No Shop Talk yet, but you'll enjoy the hell out of this one.
What we do have is a little surprise in the form of thirty intensely interesting, oddly curious and unsuspectingly kickass minutes of the one and only Shane Enholm. That's right, an NLJBS legend calls in and crams an hour's worth of words about his new book coming out in under 30 minutes and it's entertaining as hell and good to hear from him again and you're gonna want to buy this book. As a matter of fact, head over to tribalbooks.net to order yours right fuckin' now.
Well, it's cold and it's bleak and it's still the middle of this thing we've been in for a while now, but sometimes a ray of light breaks through the branches and a warm whistles on outta the woods and strolls in to your castle with camaraderie, beverages and stories. That's what we've got here this week as these two legends of Rock Town V A have a chat and there ain't no interruptin' them once they get started. You'll be sittin' there with 'em and just enjoying the conversation and sometimes you just don't even know why. These two are just easy to hear. It'll all make sense in the episode, so enjoy this one and we'll keep bringing you bullshit weekly and keep mixing it up as best we can. You know we won't let ya down. Shop Talks are on a bit of a hiatus, but they'll return as soon as we can do it!
Alley Cat & Rocktown's very own asskickers Chris "30-year Reaper" Porter and Jake "Hockmanistan" Hockman swoop in and sling some killer stories and vibe on Nick's legendary tales for a quick fan pleaser of a three-hour awesome episode. That's right, you've heard 'em all before, but never together like this, so just sit back and pick up on all the new weird shit you'll hear woven in to these classic tales of tattooing and partying in and around the Harrisonburg, VA area and revel in the historic moments that came together to make Alley Cat Tattoo what it is today. There's not a Shop Talk on this one, but they'll be back before you know it. Hell yeah. Keep on bullshittin'.
It has only been a few episodes since we've heard from David, but Nick made a trip down to Richmond after having visited Northern VA, so we get the privilege of having him back on to spin some more tales for us. It's always a good time when these two start dishing out some memories for us about the good old days. Whether it's small town stories or punk rock reminiscing, there's never a quiet moment. As a matter of fact, this one goes so long that there's not a Shop Talk on the end. Look for the return of Porter and Andrew next week. Enjoy, y'all.
If ya haven't heard Kenny Brown's earlier NLJBS episode, do ya'self a favor and go check it out. Nick did a bit o' travelling for tha show this past week to get y'all that good content and ended meeting up with Kenny Brown again, this time with the homie Chance Kenyon. Both dude's from Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival of Fredericksburg, now with a new location in Fairfax. This is some Grade A bullshit right here. Kenny and Nick go way back from the days of the Richmond Tattoo convention. If you know, you know there's some crazy tales to come outta there for sure. It's a good ol hangout with some other folks dropping in and out, socially distant styles of course and everybody has a good old storytellin' time. No Shop Talk on this one as the times take their toll on the boys. Expect Porter & Andrew to return soon.
Y'all wanna hang out with Nick, right? You want to hang with Porter. Whether you're a long time listener who's done this a bunch o' times, or new to the show, but know the characters; you know you want to be listeinin' when it's Nick & Porter hanging out, cuz you're gonna hear some crazy stories, some kickass memories and some of the best musical, movie & life advice you'll find anywhere right now. Just sit back and take it in. You know you want it.
Stick around afterward for Shop Talk and some very important musings from the boys & Andrew and you're going to absorb some insight into excellent tattooing like you've never absorbed before. Bet.
The tattoo shop is a cultural hub in Harrisonburg and whether it be painters, musicians, dancers, photographers, models, chefs, whatever - you can be sure that everyone involved in Alley Cat either knows these folks directly or knows someone who does. Pat Jarrett is no exception. He's worked with Sara multiple times for some of her killer photo shoots (check her instagram - you have to see this stuff) and yet Nick came across Pat's work entirely unrelated. Well, hell - just have a listen and you'll hear that and a ton of other cool stuff as these two bullshit for a while.
Stick around as Porter & Andrew pick up the Shop Talks with Nick and tell you a few tales while shining light on some of the best tattoos you can treat your eyes to on the internet. Do it.
It has been a while, but not too long, since Mary Jane was on the podcast. Well Nick takes advantage of the time we've got left with her to kick around some excellent stories for y'all. This one is all over the place and a great time, so have fun listenin' in on these rowdy tales. Porter is back in the saddle for an excellent episode of Shop Talk with Andrew and Nick. This is what it's all about.
It's been a while since we've heard from Schuyler, appearing previously on episodes with Diablo Dimes and Uncle Benny (rest in peace) and past time for him to rock out his own episode. Well, here he is and you get the full Nick / Schuyler hangout great time on this one, folks. You'll be priveleged to damn near a dozen fun tunes and several spectacular stories from both 'Ler & Nick. It doesn't get any better than this for all of your weekly bullshit requirements. So take it all in and wash it down with a brilliant episode of Shop Talk, still only with Nick & Andrew at the moment. Porter will return as soon as we can nail him down for a minute. Hell yeah.
Dave Boisineau, formerly of Absolute Art in Richmond, VA and multiple episode podcast guest is back for a new episode to check in and see what's been up. After leaving Richmond and hitting the road, the global pandemic kept him from settling back down, so now he's here with a bunch of stories from living out and about in his van. There's tons for Nick to discuss with Dave and it's all great. If you haven't heard any of Dave's former episodes, they're definitely worth checkin' out, but it's not necessary to enjoy listenin' to this one. Enjoy.
It's the Nick & Andrew show again for Shop Talk, but they do have a pick for y'all from Porter. So there's that. Listen up and learn about great tattoos and the people who make them.
Back on the show after a good long while is local Rocktown legend Andy Sherman, back to hang out with Nick and talk about all kinds o' paintin' and tattoos and music and movies and just all around general good for ya homemade bullshit. There's never a lull in the mouth runnin' with these two and just to keep it interesting, Alley Cat Tattoo's very own Richie Stutler stops by around the second half to kick things up a notch and join in on all the talk. It's a great time and a good listen, especially when you throw in a world-famous segment of the NLJBS Shop Talk. Porter ain't around this time, so listen as Nick and Andrew discuss some very well done tattoos. Stop lookin' at the bad ones!
Thad Hockman lives up north a ways from Alley Cat Tattoo and is known by many from miles around as Coach Hockman and is the father of strapping young Alley Cat rookie (of several years) the kickass Jake Hockman. Nick's got 'em both in the NLJBS studios this time for some great story sharin' and just a great conversation about all kinds o' things you didn't know you wanted to know. It's a good one, so crack a brew and check it out. Porter & Andrew join Nick in the latter half for another excellent edition of Shop Talk. You're learnin' something, whether you like it or not. Enjoy.
Brian French, known in the tattoo industry as "Frenchy" has been tattooing quite a long while. And it turns out he ain't too far away from Alley Cat, so he finally stopped in for a visit and sat down with Nick to connect some stories and share some information and get into some roots in the Shenandoah Valley with some great tattoo tales along the way. It's a long one, and it's great to hear about parts of the lifestyle that have changed so much but got us to where things are today. Andrew and Porter join Nick for another great segment of Shop Talk this week as well. Thanks for listenin'.
Alley Cat's own veterans of the game Chris "Big Tats" Porter and Sara "Sindi-Ray Boustier" Pennington imbibe and get right with Nick for a wild episode full of stories you may or may not have heard before, but you've never heard anything like. If there's every been a need for some education in your life on the ways of the strip club and all that goes down around 'em, this is the one for you. Strap in and strap on and listen to the antics from these old hands of the glitter empire. Shop Talk wraps things up in the usual educational fashion as Andrew joins Nick & Porter for some good analysis of great tattooing. This is where you wanna be.
In order to keep bringing you the best and most interesting guests to the NLJBS show, Nick went up to Key City Tattoo in Frederick, MD to bullshit with the one and only Dave Waugh (well, one of two) and had a great old time that you're gonna love to hear about. Part kickass history lesson in tattooing and part nostalgia for the way things were and the way they were going right up until we all got this quarantine to deal with, this episode is a great one. There's a few other folks who chime in here and there to spice things up as well. Andrew & Porter return this week for another edition of your favorite celebration of fine work, Shop Talk. Enjoy.
It's still twenty-twenty. Lockdowns, masks, no travel, etc. What better time than now for Nick to just sit down with one of the legit main Alley Cat Tattoo crew? This time we've got Mr. Jake Hockman, several year veteran but still youngblood of Alley Cat, Jake has seen and done a ton o' shit since he began working in the 'Burg. You get to hear Nick walk him back through these last several killer years as well as what led up to him takin' a station in Rocktown. It's a non-stop super comfortable good time of a storytellin' session. And while there's not a regular Shop Talk on this one, you're gonna get to hear about a ton of tattooers and even more killer tats as they break down a bunch of their own and others, so you're not missin' out. Andrew and Porter will return soon. Enjoy!
Good friend of the show and everyone at Alley Cat Tattoo, Blake Cramer - better known as the infamous Troutmouth - drops on by the outside walls of the studio fortress of No Lies Just Bullshit and legendary sensation, Nick Swartz, for a socially distanced, whiskey-soaked quarantine hang where lots of bullshit stories and downhome cover songs are laid down into immortal internet wax for all you bullshitters waitin' things out on the home front. And to top it all off with an old school cherry we got a sweet, sweet segment known to all you veterans of the show as Shop Talk. Tune in as Porter & Andrew join our heroic host to bring to you all the good shit you should be lookin' at.
It's been a while, but the one and only Sam Berenstain (yes THAT Berenstain) returns to the show once again to chill with Nick and talk about all kinds o' things. You recognize his family name for sure and that does come up, but there's also a lotta serious tat talk and some very interesting discussion about Sam's job farming. Some skills that might come in handy as the world crumbles before our very eyes.
Shop Talk follows up with some great tattoo discussion with Andrew and Porter joining in too. Hell yeah.
Eric Fischer first appeared on NLJBS on Episode 158, so if ya haven't heard that one, ya might go back and get caught up. Either way, you're gonna hear some kickass points of view from the guy who was tattooing under the OG legend, Peter Tat2 way back in the day. There's no shortage of excellent tat talk in this episode. Enjoy the storytellin' while we're still in this god-damned pandemic lockdown save the world bullshit.
To make things keep on groovin' and better for you and me, we got a sweet-assed Shop Talk for y'all bullshitters that ain't no quick discussion. Lots of personality and killer tattoos to be discussed in this episode. Get in there, mothafuckas'!
Steve Tiberi of Electromagnetic Tattoo in Chesapeke, VA where he works with Annette LaRou and a killer crew, took the time to chill with Nick whilst he was visitin' down there and they laid down a killer podcast. It has been a while since Steve's last episode and he has continued to represent street shops everywhere heroically and tirelessly, even in a global pandemic. A refreshing break from talking about that very thing and other political bullshit, this is straight up tattoo appreciation and friendship. Two things we can all use all the time, especially now.
Porter & Andrew come in at the tail end to dazzle your senses as they discuss some of the best tattoos being done right now with Nick and it's just an all around good time throughout this episode. We hope y'all enjoy and keep on doin' this thing with us.
Two hundred and thirteen episodes in and Nick is sitting down once again with the man behind the Tribal Tattoo Tour - Patrick Kitzel himself. This is an episode that you don't want to skip. Things never get political on NLJBS, you all should know that by now. However, if that were going to change, this is how it would happen. Not really going into any kind of politics during this discussion, the theme here really seems to be a conversation about the prevalence of EXTREMISM that seems to be taking hold of a lot of folks around the tattoo industry today. You'll see once you strap in and take off on this though-provoking journey of bullshit and storytellin'.
Stick around for that good ol' Shop Talk to take you home as Andrew and Porter join in to discuss some of the best tattoos they've seen lately. Hang in there on this wild ride we've been callin' twenty-twenty.
Rob Kinzel has been tattooing forever and has a ton o' great stories from all those years in the biz... and you're about to hear 'em. So sit back, grab a beverage & enjoy.
Rob comes down to us from Leesburg, VA and his shop - Leesburg Body Gallery. He and Nick share an awesome amount of old school learnin', crazy happenins' and just an all around great time. Rob also suggests you get your ass to The Original Brooklyn Ink in NY. You won't regret it.
Shop Talk follows with Andrew, Porter & Nick showing you what want to see on the IG and breakin' down the beauty of it all. Hell yeah.